The Bible is composed of 66books by 40 writers; still, it has one storyline and only one ultimate author- God. Its story is all about rescuing people from the catastrophic results of the Fall, a plan that was devised in eternity, declared through the prophets and carried out by the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
Books of the Bible
The Holy Bible comprises 66 books in English editions. It consists of two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The former comprises 39 books, and the latter consists of 27 books.
These Testaments are further divided into four parts. The Old Testament has four parts, namely, Pentateuch, Historical Books, Poetical Books and Prophetic books. The New Testament has four components, namely, Gospels, Historical books, Epistles, The Prophetic Book, the book of Revelation.
Overview about the 66 books
Here is the list of 66 books of the Bible along with a short explanation-
1) Genesis- It is said to be the foundation for understanding the rest of the Bible. It explains how we got here and where do the trees, stars, oceans, and animals come from.
2) Exodus- This part tells about the Israelites leaving Egypt after slavery and sends them to the Promised Land of Canaan. This book is essential to read as God reveals his name, his law, his attributes, and how he should be worshipped.
3) Leviticus- This name means “concerning the Levites”, which were the priests of Israel. In this book, God renders instruction to the Israelites to show themselves holy before him.
4) Numbers- It was written between 1450-1410 B.C. and is a sequel to Exodus. It relates the story of Israel’s’ journey from Mount Sinai to the plains of Moab all through the wilderness for forty years.
5) Deuteronomy- This book comprises of farewell speech from Moses to Israelites just a few months before his death. It is a pause before Joshua’s conquest starts and a reminder of what God needs.
6) Joshua- It was written in 1405-1383 B.C. and comprised the story of conquest and details about the Israelites invasion and how they were finally allowed to enter the Promised Land through faith and action.
7) Judges- This book states about the life of Israel in the Promised Land. As Israel enters a cycle of sin, people there appeal to God in terms of such crisis and apostasy. Then how God helps them by raising leaders called judges, and they restore the land to peace.
8) Ruth- This book tells the story of two widows and depicts their journey. It shows how they lose everything, but then they find hope in their life because of God.
9) 1 Samuel- In this book, you would read how God establishes a political system in Israel. Israelites reject God’s chosen leader, Samuel, and demand a king, despite God’s warnings. The first king that was made was Saul.
10) 2 Samuel- This book shows the failure of Saul, and another king is made named David. He proves to be a good leader as he doubles the size of the kingdom and the nation prospers and ensures that he fulfils all his promises.
11) 1 King- Israel has a great time under king Solomon, son of David, but later the kingdom is divided into two when his son Rehoboam takes the throne.
12) 2 Kings- This book tells about the historical account of Judah and Israel. They start ignoring God and his prophets, because of which the people of both nations are exiled for disobedience.
13) 1 Chronicle- The write of this book wrote for the restored community another history. It was written basically to encourage people who were returning from Babylonian exile.
14) 2 Chronicles- This is the continuation of 1 Chronicle; this part focuses primarily on the kings of Israel. It also tells the history of Israel for people who had returned from exile.
15) Ezra- The Israelites return from the exile after seventy years, fulfilling the promise of God and rebuilt the temple.
16) Nehemiah- It is very much related to the book Ezra. It tells about the challenges cupbearer to the king and other Israelites experienced in return to their homeland.
17) Esther- She is a Jewish queen to a Persian king, who occurred during the exile of Israel. She saves the people from destruction from a genocidal plot.
18) Job- This book is about a righteous man named Job, who suffers under terrible circumstances and loses everything. But, this man has faith and hope in God, and then later, he gets blessed abundantly.
19) Psalms– It is a collection of 150 songs and poems representing a century’s worth of praises and tribute to God, which includes prophecies of the coming Messiah. They are full of images and are vivid & concrete.
20) Proverbs- This book comprises of God’s divine wisdom, which helps to make the wise even wiser. Proverbs has numerous topics that cover various areas of life.
21) Ecclesiastes- This book describes the meaning of Solomen’s life, which is incomplete without God. Also, it comprises .a lot of hard work by the author as he has used his powers of wisdom to examine the human experience and assess their situation.
22) Song of Songs- There is a very passionate and amazing song of love between husband and wife, which represents the relationship of God with us. In ancient times in Israel, everything humans came to was expressed in words, be it anger, love, trust, gratitude, friendship, or trust.
23) Isaiah- It was written in 970-930 B.C. and is about Isaiah, who was the son of Amoz and is said to be one of the greatest writing prophets. This book unveils the warnings of God’s coming judgment and salvation.
24) Jeremiah- He is also known as the weeping Prophet. In this book, they have shown his personal life and struggle in great depth. Also, it includes how he requests people to apologize before the coming Babylonian captivity, but people do not listen to him.
25) Lamentations- It is full of powerful and poetic laments, reflecting the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C.
26)Ezekiel- This is one book of the Bible where you would find clarity in God’s initiative and control. Prophet Ezekiel was called by God to give a message to the captives living in Babylon.
27) Daniel- This is about Prophet Daniel and the significant events in his life during Israel’s exile. He was taken to Babylon in captivity and got Prophetic visions when he serves in the king’s courts.
28) Hosea- He was the son of Beeri, and he served all his life as a legend of God’s faithfulness. This book demonstrates how Prophet Hosea had an eternal love for God despite the unfaithfulness of his people.
29) Joel- He warned the people of Judah to apologize before God before his judgment falls upon them. Also, he preaches to them that repentance will bring restoration and blessing.
30) Amos- Amos was a shepherd who prophesies to the Northern kingdom that had become self-sufficient and indifferent when they were on the path of prosperity. He prophesied during the rule of Uzziah over Judah and Jeroboam II over Israel.
31) Obadiah- Prophet Obadiah warned the people of Edom about God’s ongoing protection of his people and impending judgment coming upon them.
32) Jonah- This book tells about Jonah; the mission to the city of Nineveh; he was a reluctant Prophet sent by God. It tells about his resistance and how he was imprisoned in the belly of a giant fish and learned the futility of it.
33) Micah- He predicted the Fall of her capital, Samaria, somewhere between 750 -686 B.C. His predictions also include the most precise predictions of the Messiah and also about the desolation of Judah-
34) Nahum- He was the second Prophet that was sent to Nineveh. His name means comfort, and his purpose was to teach people about God’s judgment on the Assyrian city and empire for their cruelty, oppression, and wickedness.
35) Habakkuk- Habakkuk was a contemporary of Jeremiah and was a man of vigorous faith. This book consists of God’s answers on Habakkuk’s complaints on suffering and injustice in the land.
36) Zephaniah- This was written in 640-621 B.C, shortly before the Fall of Judah to Babylonian conquest. He was a person of considerable social standing in Judah, and he was the one who warned the people that the day of the Lord is near.
37) Haggai- He was the Prophet who, along with Zechariah, motivated the people who returned from exile to rebuild the Jerusalem temple. This temple was paused while making because of the opposition and spiritual apathy, but Haggai motivated them to complete it.
38) Zechariah- He was not just a Prophet but also a member of the priestly family. He, along with Haggai, ministered after the 70-year exile and rebuked the people of Judah and motivated them to return to God.
39) Malachi- His name means ‘my messenger.’ This was the last book of the Old Testament which includes the conversation of Malachi with the Israelites after their return from exile. This book explains how God’s love remains in the nation even when they disobey him.
New Testament- Here are the books that are included in the New testament-
40) Matthew- It is the first book of the New Testament, which was significantly written for the Jews, and it also includes various references of how Jesus in his life and ministry fulfilled the old TestamentScriptures.
41) Mark- Gospel means good news, and Mark’s Gospel is associated with Rome, which emphasizes Jesus’ servanthood and miracles. It is the shortest Gospel and was written around 55-65 A.D.
42) Luke- He was a Gentile; he wrote this to strengthen the faith and love for Jesus for unbelievers. This book was written to mock some disconnected and false news about Jesus.
43) John- He was the last of the four Gospels, and it was completely different from the other three. He witnessed Jesus’ ministry, thus tells about the events and meaning of the events that happened in Christ’s life, about his death and resurrection.
44) Acts- It is a bridge for the writings of the New Testament as it tells us what Jesus began to do and to teach. It also tells about the early church built by the Holy Spirit for spreading the good news.
45) Romans- Primary theme of Paul in Roman’s was to tell the people about God’s plan of righteousness for everyone, be it a Jew or a Non-Jew, it would be the same for all.
46) 1 Corinthians- The first of two letters from Corinthians revolve around divisions and problems facing the local church. Paul, too was personally worried about the Corinthian’s concerns, and the way he tried and handle the situation showed his real heart.
47) 2 Corinthians- This was the final letter from Paul to Church in Corinth; he had several things in mind while writing this letter. This book depicts the problems which the believers were continuously facing there, and it also warns against the false preachers.
48) Galatians- Paul also wrote this letter but to the church in Galatia. This book tells that people were justified by faith in God, and they are satisfied with the Almighty.
49) Ephesians- This letter was written by Paul when he was first imprisoned; it was written to the church in Ephesus. In this letter, Paul wanted to explain to people the various dimensions of God’s eternal purpose and how to walk as fruitful followers of Jesus.
50) Philippians- Paul wrote this letter for thanking the Philippians for the gift that they sent him upon learning of his detention in Rome. This letter also encouraged people to stand stiff at the time of persecution and be happy about it regardless of the situation.
51) Colossians- The purpose of writing this letter by Paul was to expose the Colossian heresy and some of the false preaching’s that were given in the church of Colossae.
52)1 Thessalonians- There were various reasons why this letter is was written, but the primary reason Paul wrote this letter was to encourage and strengthen the church, and he wanted people to keep hope and faith in God. All the chapters of this book finish with reference to the second coming of Christ.
53) 2 Thessalonians- As the Thessalonians’ situation did not change much, Paul writes one more letter to them. He reiterates people about Jesus’ second coming and corrects the misunderstanding about the Lord’s return. Plus, he also encourages believers.
54) 1 Timothy- Paul addressed this letter to a young pastor called Timothy. He instructs him to take utmost care of the church in Ephesus when he went to Macedonia. Paul also provides him with guidance and gives essential lessons on church leadership.
55) 2 Timothy- This second letter to Timothy was the second Pastoral Epistle. He requests Timothy to guard the Gospel, to keep it on preaching, and if required, he should also suffer and sacrifice for it.
56) Titus- This letter was written from Paul to Titus on the issues that he was facing in leading the churches of the island in Crete. It was the last Pastoral Epistle.
57) Philemon- This book has only one chapter; it might be a short book but carries a meaningful letter from Paul to Philemon. This letter was written to get acceptance from Philemon of the runway salve from Onesimus.
58) Hebrews- This letter is mainly for people who wish to return to their former traditions. It is written to encourage the Jewish believers to have hope of salvation towards Jesus and summarizes some of the vital Biblical characters.
59) James- This was a letter from James in which he motivates and asks his people to have faith in the absolute supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus Christ.
60) 1 Peter- It is also a short letter but has a lot of vital points includes in it, such as it explains Christian life and duties. The primary focus of Peter in writing this letter is persecution, separation, suffering, and glory, and as a letter telling the true grace of God.
61) Peter- This second letter from Peter comprises of warning against the false teachings and reiterates some of the essential spiritual truths.
62) John- This letter was written to oppose heretical doctrines, plus its other purpose was to expose false teachers and give assurance to the believers on salvation. This was the first letter from John to Gospel.
63) John- In the first two centuries, the Gospel was taken from one place to another by travelling teachers and evangelists. Therefore, this letter was written to push for discernment in supporting travelling teachers.
64) John- This one is the shortest book of the Bible. In this book 3, John praises the Gaius and Demetrius for their faithful service and indirectly warns Diotrephes.
65) Jude- This letter was written by Jude to inform the readers about false teachings that being saved by grace does not mean that you can do any sins. Also, he appeals to Christians to defend the truth of the Good News.
66) Revelation- This book was written during John’s imprisonment; he wrote it to tell the readers that the showdown between God and Satan is inevitable. This book also comprises the Spiritual Realms and Jesus’ return to earth.
Which are the 66 books of the Bible, in the same order as listed in the book?
What is the official list of books in the Bible called? Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth.